Huge spiders, black and white photos and an asteroid underground – what is hidden by the ice of Antarctica

(ORDO NEWS) — Antarctica hides a lot of the unknown from the eyes of people. This is due to the lack of the possibility of exploring the mainland, since the temperature on it is constantly kept at around -60 ℃.

Scientists have recently managed to penetrate into the depths of the southern continent, due to a decrease in icing. As a result of new studies, huge spiders were found and the place where an asteroid fell many years ago.

Creepy Antarctic Spiders

It turns out that spiders live in the seas of Antarctica. Over 1000 species of these insects live on the globe. Almost all of them prefer to live in equatorial, tropical, temperate zones, but the largest arthropods of this class prefer cold seas for life.

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The body length of cold-resistant spiders reaches 90 cm. According to statistics, all organisms living in the Antarctic belt reach gigantic proportions. This fate has not spared spiders either. The scientists who made the discovery believe that this is due to the lack of oxygen.

Despite their unfriendly appearance, Antarctica’s sea spiders are not dangerous to humans. And there is no one to frighten them, since there are no people willing to swim in the icy waters.

Photos from centuries ago

This find turned out to be not so terrible, but very even bewitching. In 2013, New Zealand specialists were working to restore an abandoned polar base and found a box of photographic film. 

After developing the film on the mainland, it became clear that the members of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition were taking pictures. Surprisingly, it turns out that the film lay in Antarctica for more than 100 years.

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Shackleton’s expedition was interrupted in 1914. The expedition ship was trapped in ice and sank into the Weddell Sea. All crew members survived as they landed on Ross Island in time. They did not complete the mission, but their work went down in history, just like the black and white photos found a century later.

An asteroid bound by ice and the earth’s crust

In 2016, something great was discovered by the ice of the southern polar region. This is a fairly large object that cannot be approached. According to research, the diameter of a foreign body hidden from the eyes is approximately 300 meters.

By the nature of the penetration into the earth’s crust and by the barely noticeable trail, scientists suggested that they were dealing with a prehistoric asteroid. If this is true, then it is 2 times larger than the one that destroyed the dinosaurs.

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